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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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"A unique and unforgettable debut... a closed-community mystery not just in an Agatha Christie sense but in the more ambitious J.B. Priestley manner: a spiritual parable whose larger questions echo even after being answered." (Tom Nolan Wall Street Journal)
“Cannon’s intense specificity captures a world in amber, permitting intimate access to the pantries, gardens, and garages of Britain’s past… a microcosm rife with tiny extraordinaries… Cannon is a mapmaker; her stories create an atlas... As in George Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual, the secrets of each household come to light.” (Samantha Hunt The New York Times Book Review)
"A captivating new voice in British fiction. Not since Nathan Filer's The Shock of the Fall has a debut novel held the promise of such an exciting career ahead. One of the standout novels of the year." (Hannah Beckerman, author of The Dead Wife's Handbook)
"An utter delight. Perceptive, funny, dark, moving. And so beautifully written. I loved it." (Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit)
"Joanna Canon's interrogation of hypocrisy and prejudice is insightful and compassionate… I didn't want the book to end." (Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley)
"A stunning debut with wonderfully drawn characters. Joanna Cannon is one to watch." (Katie Fforde, author of A Vintage Wedding)
"Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door." (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
"This cautionary tale of a suburban power struggle is charming and truthful, at once ambitious and intimate, with playful prose that reveals an intriguing mind at work." (James Hannah, author of The A to Z of You and Me)
"A masterfully constructed plot... This understated, somewhat quirky debut novel is remarkable for its structure, characterizations, pitch-perfect prose, touches of humor, and humanity. Cannon is an author to watch."
(Michele Leber Booklist (starred review))
"A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature." (Kirkus)
“In her astute, engaging debut, Cannon uses the New Testament parable of the title to illustrate, wryly and with pinpoint accuracy, the righteous indignation and small-mindedness of a group of gossipy English suburbanites… an insightful, offbeat mystery.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Presents our complicated world with compassion and humor.” (Lauren Bufferd BookPage)
"A woolly mystery." (Vanity Fair)
"Masterful... a must read. Cannon’s prose is simply electric... literary fiction at its best." (Manhattan Book Review)
"We get to know the villagers intimately, the author writing with imagery that paints pictures with words... This mystery will keep you guessing until the end... it’s well worth a read." (Chris Stuckenschneider The Missourian)
"Reminiscent of Scout Finch with shades of Flavia de Luce, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly spend the sweltering summer of 1976 investigating two mysteries... Quirky characters, playful language and humor offset the tension. The child detectives may have gotten themselves into more than they bargained for, but their adventure leads their street toward closer community and the novel to an upbeat conclusion." (Cheryl Krocker McKeon Shelf Awareness)
About the Author
Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist with a degree from Leicester Medical School. She lives in England’s Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is her first novel.
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During the unbearably hot summer of 1976 in England, Mrs. Creasy goes missing. Ten year olds Grace and Tilly figure if they can find God in the homes of...Read more